Building on the floodplain

22 July 2009

Nick Hills of the OFA Steering Group was interviewed by Geraldine Piers on BBC Oxford TV regional news.

The government is asking local authorities to build new houses – Oxford is due to provide 8000 more. Nick spoke about the importance of taking flooding into account when the siting of these houses is considered. Unless great care is taken, building in areas likely to flood not only puts the new properties at risk but increases the risk for existing properties.

Local authorities should think long and hard, and take the government’s PPS25 guidance into account, when considering the siting of new buildings.

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